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Hotel Britannia Excelsior

  • Lake Como, Italy, Cadenabbia

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Hotel Britannia Excelsior represents excellent value for money in a superb location on Lake Como. The lake is just a stone's throw away and a fantastic floating pool means you can spend your time relaxing next to the peaceful waters. You'll find the ferry point just steps from the hotel's entrance, which makes popular towns like Bellagio easy to get to.

The hotel itself dates back to the 19th Century and you'll find traditional furnishings and decor throughout. We've chosen Deluxe Rooms for our guests that offer more space and comfortable amenities. Rooms with a lake view are available for a supplement. With the Platinum All Inclusive included as standard with Inghams, you'll find you have plenty of choice when it comes to dining. Take advantage of the a la carte restaurants and enjoy authentic pasta dishes in Simply Pasta, fresh seafood at The Cove and uninterrupted lake views at Lido di Cadenabbia Restaurant (reservations are required for a la carte restaurants). You'll be able to choose a range of local drinks including spirits and tea & coffee at three bars, including those at the sister hotel, Bazzoni. After a busy day spent out and about exploring the lakeside towns, be sure to stop off for a cocktail at the Lido bar, where a lovely decking area boasts some of the best lake views.

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours by coach.

Added value

Save up to 5% on the hotel price for holidays between 01 May - 23 Oct 20 booked by 31 Mar 20

Rooms

  • No. of rooms: 284
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 6
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 0
  • Annex:
  • Official rating: 3

Deluxe Rooms can sleep up to three people and are the upgraded rooms of the hotel. They offer plenty of space and facilities include air conditioning, TV, safe, fridge, hairdryer and shower. Rooms with a lake view and lake view & balcony are available for a supplement.

Single Rooms are available on request, please call to book.

Accessibility

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No

Meals

Inghams guests have the Platinum All Inclusive Package, which offers a larger range of dining options than the standard package.

Breakfast can be taken at the Hotel Bazzoni's buffet restaurant where hot and cold food is available, at the Queen Victoria Restaurant or the Lido Restaurant. Lunch is available at Grill Restaurant or Queen Victoria Restaurant. Dinner can be taken at the Bazzoni buffet restaurant, Grill Restaurant, Simply Pasta, Queen Vicotria Restaurant, Lido Restaurant or The Cove restaurant. Reservations are required.

The package also includes drinks, cocktails and selected brands of spirits and liquors at the Bazzoni cocktail bar (open until midnight), Bubbles Bar (from10am to midnight) and the Lido (open until midnight).

Any dietary requirements need to be advised at the time of booking.

Board basis options available

  • All Inclusive

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

Cadenabbia

In a sheltered lakeside position on the western shores of Lake Como, Cadenabbia is a super spot for a lakes and mountain holiday - with Mount Crocione behind you, you can look across the lake for wonderful views of the headland village of Bellagio and the Dolomite mountain range beyond. It has been a popular health resort with the British since Victorian times – indeed Queen Victoria herself chose to holiday in Cadenabbia and one of the country’s first Anglican churches was built here in 1891. Other notable heads of state who have sojourned here including Nicholas II, Kaiser Guglielmo II and Pope Pio XI; Mary Shelley wrote about Cadenabbia as long ago as 1844, and a few years later Guiseppe Verdi composed Traviata in the peace and quiet of Villa Ricordo (Villa Margherita). Between the 17th and 19th centuries many other villas were built here and nearby including Villa Collina, Villa Giuseppina and Villa Norella.

Things to do in resort

With glorious lakes and mountain scenery around you it’s tempting to laze around and do very little, but if you feel energetic and fancy exploring there is a delightful (if steep) walk up to the 16th century church of San Martino. There is nearby Griante to explore, the famous Villa Carlotta botanical gardens are on the way to nearby Tremezzo and, of course, everyone on a holiday to Lake Como is bound to take a boat trip - or three!

  • 18 hole golf course at Menaggio
  • Hiking around Monte Grona (above Menaggio)
  • Mountain biking trails around lake
  • Trips to well-known Villas of Balbianello (Lenno), Carlotta (Tremezzo) and Monastero (Varenna)
  • Como Town - 30 minutes away by hydrofoil

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 9.2355902
  • Latitude: 45.9923233

For more information on travel and transport visit our Cadenabbia page

Excursions

EXCURSIONS

We offer a range of guided excursions to help you make the most of your holiday. 

Special Excursion Packages
Pre-book any of the excursion packages below, and SAVE up to £20
Milan + Bergamo + St. Moritz £125 : Booking Code: A
Milan + Bergamo + Stresa and Orta £126 : Booking Code: B
Milan + St Moritz + Stresa and Orta £129 : Booking Code: C

Pre-bookable for Summer 20 holidays starting from 06 May 20

St. Moritz £51, full day, Monday

This full day excursion to St Moritz includes the famous Bernina Express train from Poschiavo and takes you through breathtaking scenery.By coach we take you up the northern arm of the lake, and into the majestic Val Valtellina, one of the great valleys of the eastern Alps and producer of the area’s splendid wines, meats and cheeses. Our first stop, for coffee, is at the small town of Tirano with its notable cathedral.

We then proceed to Poschiavo for the highlight of the day: a spectacular ride on the Bernina Express, past glaciers, over dramatic gorges and viaducts, as far as Diavolezza, covering the highest part of the journey which climbs the steepest gradients in the world (of up to 70%) without the use of cog wheels.

It is then a short and scenic journey on to St Moritz itself, where you have free time to take in the stunning views over the crystal lake, explore and admire the shops and to have lunch.

Our descent, by coach, is no less dramatic. We take the unforgettable road down through the Maloja pass, with extraordinary vistas offered at every moment. The final stop is back in Italy, at the charming, historic town of Chiavenna, the ‘key’ of Italy, where you can explore the town’s attractive, cobbled streets and shops.

Bergamo £48, ¾ day, Thursday - Bookable locally

The city of Bergamo Alta has been described as the prettiest open-air museum in the world . Birthplace of the opera writer, Gaetano Donizetti, this sophisticated and stunning small town contains no building newer than the seventeenth century. The cobbled streets contain medieval towers and wonderful views at every turn, and the main piazza is one of the most beautiful in all Italy.

We start our excursion from the picture-postcard, historic village of Varenna, on the eastern shore of Lake Como. Cost of ferry ticket to pick up point not included. (approx €8 return). We then travel by coach along the scenic eastern shore of the lake to the town of Lecco and on past mountain scenery to Bergamo.

You will then have free time for lunch and to explore the town. Bergamo is well known for its meats, cheeses, wines and specialities, both savoury and sweet. You may wish to make your way to a scenic viewing point or visit one of the excellent museums. Or you may simply wish to browse the smart shops and picturesque streets.

In the afternoon we join our expert city guide for an interesting and entertaining tour around some of the streets and monuments, including the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the greatest churches in northern Italy, and the chapel of the great condottiere, Bartolomeo Colleoni, which adjoins it.

Milan £48, full day, Tuesday

Taking the panoramic road along Lake Como’s ‘arm of gold’, skirting past Como, we stop for a coffee-break outside Milan. En route you will receive general instructions about the city and a map, before starting the tour with an expert guide who will first take you around the extraordinary Renaissance Castello Sforzesco, one of Milan's great monuments which was once Europe's greatest fortress.

Then enjoy many of the sights, ancient and modern, from the comfort of the bus, with a full live commentary from our expert guide, until you arrive at La Scala, the world’s most famous opera house. You will then be treated to an entertaining and informative guided tour of the historic centre of Milan, making your way from La Scala through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, to the Cathedral itself. The awe-inspiring Duomo, the third-largest in the world, has the largest stained glass of any cathedral and yet has an ethereal quality conjured up by the pink-veined Candoglia marble and the intricate details of its façade and roof.

Then you are free to enjoy the afternoon you wish. Whether you would like to take the chance to visit one of Milan’s renowned art galleries or museums, including La Scala Museum, sample the designer shops, department stores, enjoy the unrivaled views from the top of the Duomo, or simply enjoy exploring the elegant streets, or the lovely Brera district, full of charming bars, cafes and the site of the famous Brera Art gallery, you will find all these options within a few minutes’ walk.

Stresa and Lake Orta £52, full day, Friday

Lake Orta, only twelve kilometres in length, has been described as the most romantic of all the Italian lakes. It inspired Browning and captured Nietzsche's heart.

We first visit the lake’s enchanting town of Orta San Julio, set on a garden peninsular and overlooking the island of San Giulio. Orta’s streets are too narrow for cars so it makes exploring the cobbled streets a breeze, lined with shops, bars and restaurants and ancient buildings. All streets lead to the handsome Piazza Motta which offers a stunning views over to the island of San Giulio.

Lake Maggiore is a majestic, blue lake and the second largest of the Italian lakes, at 65 km in length. We visit Stresa, the ‘Pearl of Verbano, and Maggiore’s most beautiful town, at the foot of imposing Monte Mottarone, which has a cable-car running to its peak (4.920 ft). The town, which has a charming piazza and large number of shops and bars, hosts a famous series of concerts from the end of August to the end of September. The lakeside promenade is celebrated for its lush vegetation and flowers, including oleanders, mimosa and azaleas.

Included in the price of the tour, is a visit to the Isola Bella by private boat (entrance to the Palazzo Borromeo and its gardens at additional cost). The gardens were inspired by the ‘hanging gardens of Babylon’ and Count Borromeo fashioned them into the shape of a ship for his wife, Isabella, giving the island its name. The palace houses a fine collection of art.

Bookable locally Prices are for guidance only.

  • Villas of Como £38, half day
  • Lugano and Como £43, full day

 

Sight Seeing Tour Bus (East Coast) 

This fantastic and locally run sight seeing tour is certainly not something to miss. This multi-lingual hop on/hop off bus service takes you from Piazza Garibaldi right up through Lecco to the colourful harbour town of Varenna, the stunning crystalline waters of the Orrido di Bellano gorge and the majestic Castello di Vezio. Tickets for the bus service can be bought at local offices and prices range from €20.00 per adult for a return all day ticket to €10.00 for an evening ticket returning at 11.45pm. 

There are also child tickets (ages 5-15 years) available starting at €10.00 with children under the age of 5 travelling for free.

Please note: We act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions. See terms & conditions. Guests staying in Moltrasio need to book all excursions locally. Prices correct at time of publication and may vary up or down. 

Facilities

Restaurants & Bars

Queen Victoria Buffet Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with varied dishes based on Italian and international cuisine.

Bazzoni Buffet Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers international cuisine.

Simply Pasta uses fresh ingredients to create traditional pasta dishes.

The Cove offers up Brazilian cuisine and plenty of seafood.

Lido di Cadenabbia is on the lake edge facing Bellagio's peninsula and offers local cuisine and pool views.

N26 Bistrot and Gourmet Restaurant is payable locally and offers a lovely a la carte menu with gourmet dishes. 

There are a total of four bars to choose from between Hotel Britannia Excelsio and Hotel Bazzoni.

Pools & Beaches

The hotel's supberb floating pool is just across the road on the lakefront and has some of the best views of Lake Como. Loungers and parasols are free of charge and pool towels are available for approx. €8 per person for seven days' use.

Activities

Hotel Britannia Excelsior has evening entertainment five nights per week including themed live music nights. 

General Facilities

  • Free wifi

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Hotel Britannia Excelsior
Cadenabbia, Lake Como,All Inclusive
07/10/2020 - 3 nights
3 adults
From Birmingham Int.
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